The Sound of the South performs during the 2016 Odyssey Convocation for new TROY students. This year's convocation is set for Sunday at 2 p.m.
Troy University alumnus and former Student Government Association president Nick Abraham will deliver the keynote address to new students during the University’s Odyssey Convocation at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.
The 13th annual Odyssey Convocation will highlight the University’s Welcome Weekend 2017, which includes sorority bid day on Saturday and residence hall move-in days on Saturday and Sunday. A number of TROY faculty and staff, as well as members of the TROY football team will be on hand to assist with hospitality and moving between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Fall semester classes will begin on the Troy Campus on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
“The Odyssey Convocation is the beginning of a student’s journey with Troy University,” said Herb Reeves, Dean of Student Services. “It is symbolic in that the journey begins and ends in Trojan Arena with the convocation and commencement once a student completes their course of study. Odyssey is a celebration of a student’s journey by the sharing of expectations and traditions of TROY and the beginning of a new chapter in their life.”
Abraham currently serves as managing director within the Southeast Region of Markel Wholesale where he oversees regional operations with an emphasis on underwriting and production for the eight-state region.
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Abraham will assume the role of president of the Southeast Region of the newly formed Markel Assurance organization. In this role, he will oversee the production and profitability of a $300 million premium insurance portfolio.
Abraham currently serves on the board of directors for the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation and the Gamma Iota Sigma International Risk Management and Insurance and Actuarial Science Collegiate Fraternity. He also is a member of Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business Advisory Board.
A native of Prattville, Abraham graduated magna cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in risk management and insurance from TROY. During his time at TROY, he served in various leadership roles, including Student Government Association president, FarmHouse Fraternity rush chairman, Trojan Ambassador and IMPACT Leader.
Abraham and his wife Melissa, also a TROY graduate, have a son, Alex, and currently reside in Glen Allen, Va.